ENDURANCE 24, REFERENCE 96.01
LIMITED EDITION PINK GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH,
Calibre: cal. 1874 manual winding, 18 jewels
Movement number: 4'498'037
Case: 18ct pink gold, screw-down back
Case number: limited edition number 25
Closure: black Franck Muller alligator leather strap with Franck Muller 18ct pink gold pin buckle
Dimensions: 37mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: leather presentation case
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DIAL: dial and hands in very good condition.
CASE: in very good condition, with sharp lines and strong proportions. With scarce light scratches to the case profiles, two light oxidation stains to the right hand side case profile, visible under certain angles. The surface and profile of the top right lug bear slightly deeper scratches. The bezel bears some scratches. The back is in very good condition with the printing in excellent condition. Hallmarks are fully legible with clear definition.
MOVEMENT: running at the time of cataloguing, chronograph starts, stops and resets.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion.
**Please be advised that the bands on this watch are made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) and thus not sold with the watch, they are for display purposes only. We will remove these bands prior to international shipping.***
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At the end of the previous millennium, Franck Muller released a series of limited edition chronographs paying tribute to the world's most difficult endurance race: the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The present pink gold version boasts a matte black dial, fittingly decorated with 24-hour luminescent indexes and bearing a chequered flag-inspired design for the outer-minute track. The legibility of the chronograph display is furthermore emphasised by the rare addition of luminescent material to both sub-register hands as well as the central seconds hand, harking back to the legendary chronograph designs from the 1960s.
The elegant 37mm case was manufactured by Franck Muller Watch Land SA, as confirmed by the Geneva Key number 45 hallmark on the inner-caseback.